-- Hardman spuds Mputa appraisal in Uganda Hardman Resources Ltd. has spudded its Mputa-2 appraisal well in Uganda, about 3 km northwest of its Mputa-1 discovery well and 19 km southwest of the Waraga-1 discovery (OGJ Online, Mar. 14, 2006).
-- Kazakh Karakuduk oil field output to grow Chaparral Resources Inc., White Plains, NY, has invested $190 million in development of Karakuduk oil field through Mar. 31, 2006, and plans to spend $170 million in 2006-10.
-- Beaufort discovery short of Devon's hopes The Paktoa exploration well in the Canadian Beaufort Sea didn't meet Devon Energy Corp.'s size expectations, company Pres. John Richels said earlier this month.
-- Hunt-Paramount gauge Beaverhill Lake oil find The Canadian unit of Hunt Oil Co., Dallas, and Paramount Resources Ltd., Calgary, are placing on production a 2005 new field discovery at Puskwa/Crooked Creek in the greater Grande Prairie area.
-- Gas find extends UK southern basin limit A group led by GDF Britain Ltd. plans to test an indicated new field discovery that one participant said extends the northern limit of gas bearing sands in the UK North Sea southern gas basin.
-- MCube acquires two blocks off Indonesia MCube Petroleum Inc., Seattle, has obtained the Halmahera and Rembang Blocks off Indonesia through its 100% equity acquisitions of Halmahera Petroleum Ltd. and Orna International Ltd.
-- AWE sees higher recovery from Tui project An optimized development plan could boost oil recovery from the Tui area oil project off New Zealand by 1.1 million bbl to 27.9 million bbl proved and probable.
-- UK North Sea sidetrack cuts thick oil column The 21/23a8Z sidetrack on the Disraeli prospect southwest of the 2005 Saxon oil discovery has intersected a 90-ft oil column in Eocene Tay sandstone on Block 21/23a in the UK North Sea.
-- Beaufort/Mackenzie Shell Canada Ltd. and a group led by EnCana Corp. won exploration parcels in the Beaufort Sea/Mackenzie Delta, said Canada's Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development.
-- Resource estimate lifted for Longtom field Independent analysis of Nexus Energy Limited's Longtom gas field under appraisal in Bass Strait off Australia has boosted the resource estimate 38% to 438 bcf.
-- Agreement due for exploration off Cyprus Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said his country and neighboring Cyprus will sign an agreement for joint exploration and production of natural gas in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.
-- OTC: Aramco developing fields, boosts drilling Saudi Aramco is responding to rising global oil demand and limited spare production capacity by developing several fields and increasing drilling, a company official said.
-- BG Group gets license to Block 60 in Oman BG Group PLC signed a $150 million exploration and production-sharing agreement with Oman for 100% interest in and operatorship of Block 60 in the Abu-Altobool area of the Wusta region.
-- Test confirms 'major oil field' off Vietnam A drillstem test of a well on the Te Giac Trang (TGT) structure off southern Vietnam confirmed the discovery of what SOCO International PLC, London, calls "a major oil field."